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Memorial Day Weekend Visitors

Memorial Day weekend brought in a “huge wave” of visitors.

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Memorial Day weekend brings a huge wave of visitors
More than 114,000 visitors flew into Hawai‘i from Thursday through Sunday, according to Safe Travels data. Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of the Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association, estimates that hotels topped 80% occupancy. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Big crowds but few problems reported at popular Kāne‘ohe sandbar
State conservation and resources officers issued about two dozen citations for parking and boating safety violations over the holiday weekend, but encountered few major problems. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Most Hawai‘i inmates refuse to get vaccinated
Lt. Gov. Josh Green attributed the latest COVID-19 outbreak to prisoners’ ongoing reluctance to get vaccinated. He also warned that unvaccinated correctional officers and health care workers should be prohibited from working on the front lines. Star-Advertiser.

Veteran education administrator is nominated to be interim DOE superintendent
If approved by the Board of Education as expected, Waipahu High School principal Keith Hayashi will assume the role after Christina Kishimoto steps down at the end of July. Civil Beat.

Extending state land leases could benefit businesses, but at what cost to taxpayers?
Dozens of businesses on state lands could soon get a deal to extend their leases for another four decades. Opponents worry that it circumvents a competitive process to select new tenants and amounts to a sale of public lands. Civil Beat.

National report spotlights Hawai‘i’s need for suicide prevention
Hawai‘i had more survey participants say they had been thinking about suicide during the pandemic than any other state. But a report published by the state Department of Health in February found no increase in suicide deaths in 2020. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i hits the grim pandemic milestone of 500 deaths
While the 500th coronavirus-related death was recorded over the Memorial Day weekend, the flu season was virtually eliminated. Only one death was recorded over the past year, rather than the hundreds that typically occur. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser.

Your Guide to Remote Workplaces in Hawaiʻi
Some people work remotely all day every day, while the rest of us require a temporary workplace occasionally. Here’s our guide to some of the best remote workplaces on Oʻahu and the Neighbor Islands…. read more.
Bills aim to expand distance between turbines and homes
The law currently requires wind turbines to be located at a distance at least equal to the height of the structure. On Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council will take up three measures that plan to increase that distance. Star-Advertiser.

Tax-free bonds approved for “mystery” Hawai‘i Kai senior living project
Hawai‘i lawmakers earlier this year agreed to help arrange up to half a billion dollars in financing for a planned retirement community, despite not knowing where exactly the project would be and who is driving it. Star-Advertiser.

Police chief quietly ends 35 years of public service
Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard’s final day with the HPD was Monday. In April, after receiving low marks on an annual performance review for leadership and communication, she  released a video saying she would step down and then largely disappeared from public view. Hawaii News Now.

HPD’s use of lethal force is near the U.S. average. But there’s more to the story.
A comparison to Mapping Police Violence data shows at least three ways Honolulu appears to be different: more deaths from physical restraint or asphyxiation, more unarmed subjects, and — not surprisingly, given Hawai‘i’s demographics — a higher percentage of non-white people who were killed. Civil Beat.

Aloha Stadium project’s more costly funding plan shifts to private developers
When state officials seek proposals to replace Aloha Stadium, perhaps as early as July, they will be asking private developers to front much of the expense. It’s the latest twist in the plan, and it could cost taxpayers more money in the long run. Star-Advertiser.

Local Trees Can Help Solve Our Housing Crisis

With a crown as wide and flat as the brim of a hat, albizia trees seem like kings, towering over Hawaii’s other trees like their natural rulers. A UH graduate’s relentless three-year quest proves even invasive trees can be turned into useful, even beautiful, dwellings…. read more.

Big Island population hike could bring another seat in the state House
A decade ago, Hawai‘i Island won an additional seat in the state Senate following the 2010 census. This year, it’s poised to win an eighth House seat. West Hawaii Today

BLNR withdraws request to sell Honokōhau Harbor leases
After public pushback over the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ request to sell leases held by the Hawai‘i Island Paddlesports Association and the Kona Sailing Club, both agenda items were withdrawn at Friday’s meeting. West Hawaii Today.

CBS’ “Love Island” is headed to Hilo
The show about matchmaking is leaving Las Vegas and has booked the entire Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo for the summer. Hawaii News Now. Big Island Video News.

Communities look for new ways to deal with squatters
After a homeless man who was squatting in Volcano allegedly attacked a resident, the community has sprung into action to try to deal with the problem, including the closed vacation rentals and abandoned homes that attract squatters. Tribune-Herald.

Can Hawaiʻi Feed Itself?

A lot of elements are needed to make Hawaiʻi self-sufficient in food. Here are a few examples of struggles and resiliency that enable more productive local farming and food more.
Judge orders new hearing on Maui water permits
A Circuit Court judge says he’s prepared to revoke Alexander & Baldwin’s annual permit allowing it to divert up to 45 million gallons per day from dozens of streams in East Maui. In a ruling issued Friday, Judge Jeffrey Crabtree ordered the Board of Land and Natural Resources to hold a contested case hearing about the revocable permit. Star-Advertiser.

5,863 passengers are arriving daily to Kahului
Preliminary data shows May 2021 numbers approaching pre-pandemic levels seen in May 2018 and 2019. Maui Now.

Youth swim meets set to restart at county pools
Swim meets organized by the Maui Age Group Swimming Association will be returning on a gradual, staggered schedule. Maui Now.

Lydgate Beach Park closes to houseless people
On Monday, the county’s Shelter in Place program ended at the beach park, which had provided access to running water, electricity and bathrooms for over a year. Garden Island.
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